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Steering column alignment

I have rebuilt the steering box (using a eare spares rebuild kit) and have taken the column out to clean and inspect (it was making a slight grinding sound) so it got cleaned and lubed. I put it back in but the column no longer sits straight in the housing. It is off to one side and rubs against my gear selectors (three on the tree) and when the steering wheel is it certain positions i cant change gear because of the rubbing. I have tried adjusting the mounting plate but it doesnt seem to move much. Is there something im missing or not doing? Any help would be great. Its a hg holden ute.

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I may be wrong as it was a long time ago but as I recall the flexible uni joint has to be loosened when the column is removed and only tightened after the column mounts are tightened and the flexible coupling properly centred. So try loosening the flexible coupling clamp bolts, loosening the column mounts then tightening the column mount in its original position (which you marked ?) then centering the coupling and retightening. Ditto with the column shift connections (only connected and tightened after the column mount bolts and uni joint are positioned and tightened).

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Ill try that. I was able to improve things by using a screwdriver to seperate the column from the housing which helped a little. I have been turning the wheel while stationary which could be why all this trouble. Excess tension and what not. I dont know but its frustrating as hell.

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Yes; if it is parked on concrete put some glossy magazine like the TV weekly under each front tyre so they can move freely. Otherwise jack the front up slightly.

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